Five years in jail for high speed chase that killed brother and two friends

By staff reporter in Local People

Gloucester shopkeeper Sabbir Sedoo, 28, has been jailed for five years and four months for taking part a high speed motorway race which led to the tragic deaths of his younger brother and two friends.

Sedoo, of Falkner Street, Gloucester, was driving his Mazda 6 home from a birthday party in Birmingham when he and his brother Sulaiman, 24, who was at the wheel of a Mercedes, began to race each other.

Witnesses gave speed estimates of up to 130mph - and evidence from the mobile phone of one of the fatal victims proved they reached almost 110mph.

After 29 miles of overtaking each other as they sped down the motorway carrying a total of five passengers between them the fatal crash happened near Strensham Services, Gloucester Crown Court was told last week.

Sulaiman smashed into a lorry which had pulled up in the centre lane with its hazard lights on to guard the scene of an earlier accident. Sabbir managed to miss the lorry but hit a barrier and came to a halt.

Killed were Sulaiman and two of his passengers, Ekbal Miah, 23, known as Johnny, and Jarrod Campbell, 24.

It was Mr Campbell’s birthday which the young men had all been to Birmingham to celebrate on June 1 last year.

At court last week, Sedoo’s grieving parents were allowed to sit close behind him in the dock and his mother wept through much of the hearing - especially when defence barrister George Threlfall told the court: ""His brother died in his arms at the scene.

"This is a harrowing case because really nice young men have lost their lives.

"Mrs Sedoo has lost one son and is now to lose another to a long term of imprisonment."

Jailing Sedoo, Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him he had driven ’like an idiot’ that night.

At times, the court heard, the two cars were only feet apart as they vied for position - shocking many motorists and lorry drivers whom they overtook.

Sabbir, who was under the influence of cannabis at the time, pleaded guilty to causing the deaths by dangerous driving of his brother - known as Sully - and Mr Miah and Mr Campbell.

The judge said the race had ended in ’carnage’ and Sabbir had been "grossly irresponsible”.

As well as racing with his brother, Sedoo was also ’showing off’ to his own two passengers, the judge said.

The judge had heard victim impact statements from Ekbal Miah’s mother, Sultana Miah, and Mr Campbell’s mum Tina Waugh.

Mrs Miah stated: "He always wanted to work hard for the family and provide everything we needed. He was always the loving one of the entire family. He always had a smile on his face and would never hold a grudge against anyone over anything. His personality was always bubbly.

"He worked part time in his uncle’s restaurant and really enjoyed it."

Ms Waugh stated that the last time she saw Jarrod was when he left home on his birthday to go on the outing to Birmingham with his friends.

The family sang happy birthday to him before he left and he had his cake, she stated.

"That was the last time I saw his massive smile.

"I still cannot believe this has happened - I am always waiting for him to come through the door."

He had been a keen sportsman, playing rugby and football in his younger days, and he had recently saved up to buy his own car, a white Golf GTi which was his pride and joy, she added.

Defending, Mr Threlfall, said: "This was the most awful way for a happy evening, which started with such high hopes, to end. Eight decent young men driving up to Birmingham to their favourite Indian restaurant for their friend’s birthday evening.

"On their way back on a relatively empty road they gave in to the temptation to drive very much faster than they should have done and they did that for a long distance, I accept that."

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